Texas Eats and Fun with Colons

This weekend was to be the weekend to go to Hamilton Pool.  But instead….We had fun with colons.  What is that saying?? When life gives you lemons…  So I had my reservation and everything and Hamilton Pool is now completely booked for all weekends now till school starts. This is why it totally sucks to have to make reservations somewhere so far in advance because life happens.  This weekend also happens to be the best weekend to do a colonoscopy, not for me, but for my daughter who is having some issues.   We really know how to party around here. We got up at 3AM and did Suprep shots and played games.  All of that partying really got to her and she was sick…so we have some competition around here too… My daughter was really happy about having a cleaner colon than mine.  You win girl! Anyway, all kidding aside.  We really have great health care around here.  That is one thing you can say about living in Houston.  I spent about 3 hours in an outpatient surgery center that has a nicer lobby than home!

So we stuck around home which is not so bad, believe me.  And this week twice we visited Angel’s Churros N Chocolate.  This is a really interesting Mexican fushion place.  Who would ever think to mix Japanese and Mexican?   So this place is a hipster place for sure! They have macaroons, and art on the wall, etc.  When I walked in I noticed all of the Japenese latterns.   angels

We went for the Churros and chocolate, but I got Mochi.  Mochi is a Japanese ice cream in a rice cake.  They have some really different flavors, plum wine, green tea….I stuck with chocolate (and was happy with my choice).

My son got the churros, on your first visit you get to try all of the sauces (peanut butter, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dolce, and caramel).  They sell all kinds of coffee drinks too.  A churro is a Mexican donut.  They are long, about 12 inches in length.  And they have grooves on them.  It’s basically batter that is fried.  This is my son’s pic which doesn’t really do it justice!  They are good.  And the dipping sauce is awesome.

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What can I say?  Food is awesome!  Especially veggies!  This weekend my daughter and I went to a Mexican restaurant Agguire’s Tex Mex that has quite an extensive vegetarian menu!  My favorite is spinach enchiladas!  And I had a vegetable taco (made with sweet potato, potato and cucumber)!  The enchiladas were red!  I looked up how they make that and learned it is with mild chili powder.  It looks pretty easy to make and the color is amazing!

Vegetable foods come out so pretty with all of the vibrant colors!  Tonight we had zuchini boats with brown rice and … you guessed it veggies!  They were so good!  Recipe on Pinterest!

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Texas Eats and Fun with Colons

It’s hotter than hell!

It’s mid July…and you guessed it…in Texas it’s hotter than hell!  This week it’s my turn to host bunco!  What is bunco?  It’s a game of dice that needs ideally at least 8 people that sit at two tables of four people to roll six’s on 3 dice.  I don’t even remember how to play anymore, however our group still get’s together!  We now just go out for dinner once a month or have a get together at someone’s house.  Since I am not a big entertainer, this is huge for me.  Once a year, I host at least 3 additional people to my current household…LOL!   We have a pool and a grill and I can cook.  We had fajitas and “poor man” Sangria… here is the recipe…

a glass

cut up some orange slices, a strawberry and add 3 black berries

add 1/2 a glass of Sprite Zero

the rest red wine

and whala, Sangria.

I made fajitas and  a snickerdoodle dessert that one of my bunco friends posted on Facebook.  It’s so funny that my friends asked who would make it…I was never asked or mentioned…hmmm.  Well my family thought it was the best thing I ever made.  So I’m going to go with that…yeah!

We had a great time in the hot tub…which by the way the light doesn’t work.  (now a weekend project).

My husband was to have a going a way party at our house for one of his co-workers. We’ve been here for about 15 years and well the shape of our house is not perfect. We do our own landscaping, cleaning and maintenance and it probably shows!  (not perfect).  I don’t feel really comfortable with people from his work here because things need painting, updating, maybe a little deeper cleaning…etc.  The pool has some black algae spots… what can you do?  I’m working on it.  It’s always something.

Oh well!  I love looking up homes for sale in various places (Texas/Florida).  Since we are going to visit California, I thought I would look there since at this time of year it is not as hot.  How does anyone live there?  We can live in a shack for 1/2  a million dollars there. In Texas that same 1/2 a million and even way less than that you can live in basically a mansion.  We had a man from the pest control service come out this week. He is from southern California and mentioned the same thing.  So hard to live there compared to here because of the expense. I’m really looking forward to that trip to see what it’s like to be in southern California.   What is it with the quest for California?  I know for me it’s the waves and the beach and the outdoors.

This weekend….tennis tennis and biking!  It’s so weird, I thought I would be in great shape over the summer training for the triatholon and I’ve actually gained weight!  What??? Seriously this is ridiculous!  I work out like a mad women.  I have a fitness tracker set with the max goal that I meet pretty much daily.  But, I eat and drink apparently too much ! Such a sad face there.  Still looking for balance!

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It’s hotter than hell!

Galveston Island Family Trip

Galveston Island is a barrier Island about an hour from Houston.  There is a lot of history there and things to do.  This year we planned a family weekend get away at a beach house. You can rent a beach house through popular websites like Home Away or VRBO.   galveston surf

The water sadly is very brown.  Like river brown.  The surf is pretty decent for surfing though.  In fact the day we went surfing, the shop said the conditions were “dangerous”.   You had to be strong to swim out and easily could get rolled and swept under your board and hit in the head with it.  Fortunately the bottom is sandy. I made a point to be in front of a lifeguard!  My niece and nephew said they were stepping on live things, however I didn’t experience that.  My nephew got up pretty quickly …he is a natural!

We spent some time at Pleasure Pier.  Another place with history.  The original one stood in the same location from 1943 until 1961 when it was destroyed by a hurricane.  Then there was a hotel on the pier, it was the Flagship hotel that opened in 1965 and was wiped out in 2008 by another hurricane.  In 2012 the new Pleasure Pier opened.  It’s really nice because it’s new.  There are about 16 different rides, games pleasure pierand food.  My most death defying adventure is when my sister-in-law convinced me to ride the Texas Star Flyer.  It goes 250 feet up and spins up and down.  Needless to say it was scary!  I got to sit next to my niece who was not even phased by the fact that we were flying around on swings that high up and she pointed out the many dolphin families she saw while I attempted to calmly tell myself that all was ok and to breathe!  The family enjoyed the carousel, water flume,  roller coaster and the ferris wheel.pleasure pier2  Some had lunch at Bubba Gump.

We went back to the house before an evening on the Strand.   The beach at the house is called Sunny Beach, it has beach access and you can drive on it.  Many people got stuck and had to be pushed out by friendly beach goers.  There were quite a lot of people there.

Our plan for the evening was to eat at Willie G’s on the Harbor side, walk the Strand and go to a haunted house .  A party of 10 was really difficult to seat at 7PM so we ended up waiting just about 1 and 1/2 hours.  We made the best of it and enjoyed the scenery and the shops on the Strand.  The buildings are very old and the street has some cobble stone and is lined with gas lights.  Willie G’s food is worth the wait. They have very good seafood!  Galveston has great redfish!

We wrapped up the evening with a dash to the haunted house and had quite an adventure finding the place and laughing through the experience!

Overall the house was really decorated well, clean and appointed with the things you need.  We brought some snacks and the family played games (Jenga and Chess).  We had some good conversation and got to do some much needed catching up!   The kids really love being with the grand parents and their cousins…it’s always something we look forward to! I’m very blessed to have a family that is really comfortable to be around!  ❤

Galveston Island Family Trip

Jacob’s Well – A Texas Treasure

The time is finally here!  A reserved swim at Jacob’s well.  If you are going to make the journey from Houston to Wimberly, Texas you might as well plan on a few stops!   We could not believe the traffic on I10 between Houston and San Antonio, there were no accidents  and no construction, however the traffic was stop and go, which was very strange…maybe fourth of July weekend?  I was worried that we wouldn’t get to swim because we had a 12PM reservation and we were late! Hmmm, it is nice that they say swiming is for reservation only because it’s such a small place, there isn’t room for a large crowd, however I was completely shocked that there is no one policing it.  They don’t tell you, time to go.  And there is no lifeguard on duty which is also shocking.  You could jump from way up high, then mid way then pretty close and you are on limestone rocks that are slippy when wet.   They say no diving…um says who? jacobs well It is a 10 minute walk to one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen.  Being that it’s a state park I can’t believe there are no park personnel.   This is the beginning of Cypress Creek.  Which is murky in Houston, and CRYSTAL clear in Wimberly.  The water temp is about 68 degrees.  Here it’s a spring and it’s at least 120 feet down!  It’s like you are jumping into the abyss!

I talked to an adjacent property owner that walked by, he was an older man and said that in the 40s his grandfather built what appears to be a walk way around the well.  It definitely looks like it was made, and he told me it was because the well filled up with silt from flooding, they dug it out and took the material they dug out and built the platform that protects the well from filling up with material during flooding.  (It diverts the water around it).

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This is an amazing experience.  I could have stayed here longer, however my adult teen and her boyfriend were ready to move on.   Which is fine…I wanted to go to an Olive oil “vineyard”…you can’t not go, it’s only 3 miles from here.  So we went to Bella Vista.  A lot of their oils and vinegars are made in California.  I made it a point to get the one made here.  I tasted it and it was good.  They also make wine, however I didn’t try any.  Another gorgeous place.  (They have a tour, which I didn’t even look into considering my company).

We then went to lunch at a place called the Leaning Pear that my daughter picked out…which was really great!  The restaurant is on Cypress Creek.  I got an amazing pic…

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My crew was up for one more adventure. And I was happy to hear that my daughter’s friend had never been tubing down the river.  Wow!  What an experience!  The river today is a little faster with all of the recent rains, apparently the Army Corp of Engineers are going to let out more water after the July 4th weekend which means the river will close! However today tubing on the Comal river was nice!   They allow for people to drink beer or whatever on the river (police were definitely here today) and when you get out that’s it. We spent about $20/per person for a couple of hours and got a ride back to the car.  tubingcomal

I am the luckiest person on earth to be able to have a day like this!  ❤

Jacob’s Well – A Texas Treasure